Ok, dear readers, let’s kick off The One’s and my annual summer odyssey of chilled indulgence. Below, I humbly offer seven no-churn ice cream recipes, seven compelling alternatives to whatever sad, iced-over pint you’ve been digging into your freezer.
Making no-churn ice cream is about saying hell to the no. No to lugging a 25-pound compressor up from the basement. No to questionable sweating as you crank your grandpa’s wooden ice cream maker. No to trips to the ER for mangled fingers.
But there’s a whole lotta yes when it comes to plunging a spoon into mounds of homemade frozen glory. Every flavor is a sweet indictment of summer heat, each spoonful a luscious affirmation of human laziness.
Brain freeze, come on in and stay for awhile.
No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
No-Churn Chocolate Oreo Ice Cream with Marshmallow
This is like a big chocolate hug! It is so good. The ice cream has a dreamy mousse-like texture, and then there is the wonderful contrast with the bites of Oreo and marshmallow fluff. What’s not to love?!
And with only 30 minutes from start to kitchen clean, I will be making this again and again.karen
Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Made this recipe for Victoria Day dinner here in lovely Richmond Hill, Ontario, and my whole family loved it! Like Dan states, I think it would have benefitted from in-season strawberries, but we still enjoyed it.
I think the actual cheesecake base without the strawberries is wonderful and perfect to try all kinds of possibilities with. I’d like to try it with cherry preserves, amaretto liqueur, and amaretti cookie crumbs. YUM!!angela g.
No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream
Yum. I made this as written with local peaches and Grand Marnier. I used the freezer method. I will be making this on repeat!jen
Brownie Ice Cream
No-Churn Ice Cream FAQs
Keep your ice cream in a freezer-safe, airtight container in the freezer. This will help to prevent ice crystals from forming. A lidded container will work fine, or you can purchase containers designed for storing ice cream online.
When storing your ice cream, make sure to leave a little space at the top of the container, as the ice cream will expand as it freezes.
Your homemade ice cream will be best if enjoyed within two weeks of making it. It’ll likely keep longer, but the texture and flavor will begin to change as ice crystals develop.
Allow at least three hours for the ice cream to freeze to a firm consistency. If you leave it for longer and it is very hard, let it sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes to soften slightly before scooping.
Looking for a homemade ice cream recipe that you can whip up in your ice cream maker instead? Whether you’re craving creamy vanilla ice cream or a fudgy dark chocolate confection, you’ll find the perfect recipe here.
6 No-Churn Ice Cream Recipes
- One (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup half-and-half
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 30 mini peanut butter cups
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, peanut butter, and half-and-half, until the mixture is smooth.
- Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form, 2 to 4 minutes.
☞ TESTER TIP: To speed up the whipping of the cream, chill your bowl and whisk attachment.
- Fold the sweetened condensed milk mixture into the cream that has been whipped. This is your ice cream base. You will want this to be as smooth as possible and lump free.
- Unwrap the mini peanut butter cups. Place them in a large plastic bag and seal it. Gently roll a rolling pin over the peanut butter cups to crush them into chunks, being careful as they are a softer candy. Alternatively, you can crush them by hand, roughly breaking them into four pieces per cup.
☞ TESTER TIP: For larger chunks of peanut butter cups, simply crush them less. For smaller chunks of peanut butter cups, crush them more.
- Place the crushed peanut butter cups into the ice cream base and stir to combine, ensuring that there is an even distribution of cups throughout the ice cream batter.
- Pour the ice cream into an 8-by-8-inch (20-by-20-cm) baking pan (or a freezer-safe container of about the same size), and use a spatula to spread the ice cream evenly throughout the pan.
- Freeze the ice cream uncovered until it is firm, 3 to 5 hours. Once frozen, cover with foil or plastic wrap and store in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
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Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.